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Posted on: April 1, 2020


In an effort to support locally owned businesses and non-profit organizations working in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, two groups have come together to issue a challenge to residents.

The Children Services Council of St. Lucie County along with the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce have established a Small Business Challenge Program to help incentivize the use of locally owned St. Lucie County businesses, while also supporting local non-profit providers. The program is kicking off this Friday, at Texas Roadhouse – Port St. Lucie with proceeds benefiting Families of the Treasure Coast. 

The program works like this: the participating business, nominated by the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce will be paired with a non-profit, funded by the Children’s Services Council, as a partner. On the selected day, the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County will donate an amount equal to the selected business’ revenue (up to $1,000) to their non-profit “partner”.

The brainchild of Children’s Services Council’s Executive Director, Sean Boyle, the challenge program has already received great support on social media. “Being in a position to support two industries that are being heavily impacted right now sounded like a win-win,” said Boyle. “It may be something small, but when we all come together, it can make a big impact.”

Chamber CEO, Terissa Aronson agrees. “Feeling so helpless in these difficult times, it is our honor to do anything we can to help local business. A big thank you to our Children’s Services Council for thinking of it and inviting us to be a part of it.”

Information about upcoming challenge days will be shared on the Children’s Services Council’s website and social media pages. Visit for more information.

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